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PRAY

Father God we thank you that your Spirit is in us. Thank you that when we become a new creation that you put your Spirit in us and begin to guide and use us. Lord open our eyes to the reality of who you say we are, and work in our hearts to change us into who you see us to be…

WRITE

READ 2 Corinthians 3:1-3

“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?  You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our[a] hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
2 Corinthians 3:3

  • As Paul writes to the Corinthian church, what does he call them?
  • Who was the letter from?
  • Who was the letter to?
  • Who was used to write the letter?
  • On what was the letter written?
  • What story of transformation has the Spirit written on your heart?
  • How can you be a letter from Christ today?

GROW

Dear Father God, you have put your Spirit in our hearts for a purpose. Yes – to reconcile us to you and to seal us for eternity – but also so that we can be your letter to the world. A letter from Christ and written by you. Lord work in our lives today so that we can be a witness to your love for us and for the world. May you use us as you used Paul to encourage others and to show them a picture of who you are. May we be open to your guiding today and every day so that our lives will be a living sacrifice and evidence of your glory. In Jesus name…amen!

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As we start this new year, God has put it on my heart to pray scripture in the coming days. There will be a slight change to my format, but I hope you will join me in raising our voices in prayer.

PRAY

Dear God, please place up on our heart just how to pray for ourselves, as well as who you would have us pray for. Lord may you direct our words and guide our thoughts as we come before you in prayer.

WRITE

READ Titus 3:1-7

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

  • Write down the actions that Paul asks Titus to remind the believers.
  • Why is it important for for believers to be gentle and courteous to all people (v. 3 -5)?
  • God is full of mercy and love – what is the result of our transformation?
  • We are heirs according to the hope of eternal life – what joy that we have been saved and have new life. Who do you want to be reborn in this way. Write a prayer asking the Lord to work in their lives, and ask Him to show you how He can use you to share the hope that you have.

GROW

  • Remember to pray for this person (people) throughout the week, as well as to live out Paul’s reminders to the believers.

Dear Father God we praise you for your mercy and grace that you have lavished on us. Lord we were one disobedient and foolish, but thanks to your loving kindness and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit we have been justified and have become heirs to the hope of eternal life. Alleluia! Lord help us to live out this reality of your love and mercy each day by being obedient to rulers and being prepared for every good work. Help us keep you as our focus waiting for your guidance and direction, waiting for the works that you have prepared for us to do. Lord we know that what comes out of our mouth reveals what is in our hearts. Lord continue to transform us so that what we say is gentle, not quarrelsome or evil. May our words build one another up, encourage and bring you glory. In Jesus Name! Amen!

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PRAY

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through this time today

Read Romans 12:9-21

WRITE

Building on our thoughts from last week on transformation. I was thinking that we could pray this week for God to work on a specific attribute in us. As you read through Romans 12:9-21 choose an attribute and ask the Lord to cultivate it in you. Try to pray continually throughout the day. Ask the Spirit to show you where you need to change the way you think, speak & act. Then, pursue Him & allow Him to change you.

  • Take time to write each day about what the Lord is revealing to you as you continue to seek His transformation!

GROW

Praying that the Lord would guide you as He works in your heart and mind to transform your life! It is not always easy to think we need to change, and certainly it is not so easy to actually change! But, you can be certain that what the Lord will transform you into is far better than where you are now. Praying for you!

 

Mind – set

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask God to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.

Read Romans 8:5-6

“…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Romans 8:6

WRITE

Mindfulness is the new buzzword. It is supposed to help you focus, calm your mind, and help you put life into perspective. But, I know better. There is nothing in my own mind that will alone bring focus or calm.

God has a better way!

  • It does matter what you set your mind on! How does this passage direct us to focus our minds?
  • What is the result of a mind set on “the flesh”?
  • What is the result of a mind set on the Spirit?
  • Look up Philippians 4:8 – how are we directed to think?
  • Consider the list from the Philippians passage – are the things you are watching, reading or listening to that direct you to focus on the ways of the world?
  • Take time to ask the Spirit to refocus your mind to the ways of the Spirit, and continue to pursue a mind set on the Spirit.

GROW

Praying that the Lord would work in your hearts and minds to transform you and your life. May your mind be set on the Spirit and may He bring you life and peace!

Spirit Power

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Read 2 Timothy 1:7

TAKE TIME TO PRAY  BEFORE YOU BEGIN…

God did not leave us here on earth alone to fend for ourselves. No! If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, the  Spirit of the Living God lives in you! It is not a Spirit of fear – no, it is a Spirit of Power & Love & Self Control. In a time where much uncertainty waits around every corner. We can be certain that we have been given the ability to overcome our fears by His power is in us!

WRITE

  • In light of the events of the past few weeks, what comfort does this verse bring you?
  • God’s power   God’s Love   God’s Self Control    are all available to you through His Spirit that dwells within you. How can it be… and yet it is! Pray now and ask the Spirit to guide you through your day, to increase each of these attributes in you.
  • How does this change the way you think about your daily tasks or callings in your life?

GROW

As Christians, we have to live as the Spirit-filled, Spirit-powered, Spirit-guided, Spirit-controlled, Spirit-loving people that we are. Take time to prayerfully live out this Spirit power in your life today. Praying for you.

 

Power-Full

 

Psalm 63-35

 

TAKE TIME TO PRAY BEFORE YOU BEGIN…

It is really impossible to comprehend God’s power! But we are told that we can see it simply by looking at His creation (Romans 1:20). He maintains all power – as He is sovereign over every grain of sand, every drop of rain, every hair on your head and every event in your life. Power is both a thing and an action. We can can have power or power can propel us forward. After looking up the word in the dictionary power reveals itself in three different forms – Control   Strength   Energy. Isn’t that at little glimpse of God – Control…Strength…Energy?

WRITE

Here are just a few verses that speak of God’s power.
Really I think I could  suggest to see God’s power read Genesis 1 – Revelation 22.

Genesis 1   Romans 1:20   1 Corinthians 2:4-5
2 Corinthians 4:7   Colossians 2:12   Micah 3:8 Hebrews 1:1-3   Luke 9:37-42

  • His power is all encompassing. Pick a favorite verse about God’s power and write about how and why it impacted you.
  • Take comfort in knowing that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. Where in your life do you need to claim His power.
  • When you come to know Jesus the Spirit of the living God dwells in you. It is this power that equips and enables us to overcome (Colossians 2:12). Write down – the Power of God dwells in me and I claim His power over______.

GROW

We are merely human – imperfect and powerless. Yet… His Spirit in us – now that it power. This is a beautiful song about exactly that. Jeremy Camp – Same Power.

My His power enable, equip and guide you as you trust in Him!  Praying for you…

He is ALL Strength

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

Isaiah 42:5

God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.
    He created the earth and everything in it.
He gives breath to everyone,
    life to everyone who walks the earth.

Isaiah 42:5

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  • You are created! Crafted perfectly (Psalm 139) by the Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are created… He is Creator – who do you choose to rely on for your strength?
  • Take time now to trust Him who gives life and breath. Praise His name for this day & for His Spirit that lives in you.

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May you pour out your praise as you trust Him for the light in the darkness, His love, grace, mercy & your very breath. Praying for you!

Got Joy?

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

Nehemiah 8:9-12

“And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10

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In this passage Israel gathers to hear God’s word read to them. Unlike us, they did not have a copy – or several – to pour over in individual study. As Ezra reads, the people become so grieved they begin to weep.

  • But in verse 10, Nehemiah reminds them of what their attitude should be. Write it down.
  • As believers in Jesus Christ… we have not only His word, but His Spirit. Read 1 Corinthians 2:10-12. We are filled with His Spirit, He knows every thought – every feeling – and gives generously according to His love and mercy and wisdom. The joy of the Lord is our strength! It is not about worldly happiness, but eternal –  God given Joy. How does this change your perspective on the Joy from the Lord.
  •  “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:13 NLT
    • Who is our source of hope?
    • What do we need to do to be filled with joy and peace?
    • What can the result be?
  • We have a choice. Putting our trust in God and allowing Him to fill us with His joy and strength… or looking to this world for happiness and affirmation. What will you choose?
  • Pray Romans 5:13 for yourself today & trust God for His joy and strength.

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May you be guided, comforted, and strengthened by the power of the living God! May He fill you will all joy and hope in believing so that you will overflow with hope by the power of His Holy Sprit.  Praying for you!

I Know…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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  • Although life sometimes seems haphazard, you can be certain that it is not an accident. What does Jeremiah 29:11 tell us about God’s plan?
  • He knows the plans He has for you. Write down the words that He uses to describe the plan that He has for your life.
  • What joy to know He has plans to give us a future and a hope. Write the definition of hope.
  • What do we know about  hope from God’s word (see Romans 5:2-5, Romans 12:12,Romans 15:4, Romans 15:13).
  • Hope does not disappoint…because we know Jesus, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Write down what it means to you to have hope not built on circumstances or wishes… but build not the cross of Christ and God’s perfect plan for your life into eternity.
  • He knows! Put your life in His hands, and ask God to pour out His hope into your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit so that you will overflow with hope.

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Sometimes it is too much to even imagine the love that God has for us! Praying that you would trust His plan and hold on to His hope so that you can experience the fullness of life in Christ. Praying for you!

Hold on & Don’t Let Go

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Hold fast to what is good.” 
Romans 12:9c

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

“Hold fast to what is good.
Romans 12:9c ESV

“Hold tightly to what is good.
Romans 12:9c NLT

“Cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9c NIV

“Cleave to that which is good.
Romans 12:9c KJV

“Hold on for dear life to good.”
Romans 12:9c The Message

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  • Reflecting on each of these different translations there is no doubt what we are called to do. Restate it in your words.
  • So… the question is… What is good?

God is good! 
“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5

  • So… how do we cling, cleave, hold on for dear life to our Lord our God? Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9
  • When we do what is the result? James 4:8
  • It is not just us reaching out for Him, but it is our loving God who reaches out to us. Write a reaction.
  • In clinging to God,  we also reject what opposes Him. Is there anything that has crept into your life that is preventing you from holding fast to what is good?  Confess it now.
  • By the blood of Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Now what can you do in your life today to cling a little more closely to the Lord? Read your Bible, Listen to Christian Music, Read a Christian Book, Pray with a friend… ask the Lord to direct you. Then start today!

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He is faithful… He sent Jesus to redeem us so that we can have a relationship with Him. Don’t take it for granted… “hold on for dear life.”